Definition of fusillade
1a : a number of shots fired simultaneously or in rapid successionb : something that gives the effect of a fusillade a fusillade of rocks and bottles
2 : a spirited outburst especially of criticism
Examples of fusillade in a Sentence
A fusillade of bullets filled the courtyard.
responded calmly to the fusillade of criticism leveled at his design for the memorial
Recent Examples of fusillade from the Web
Trump met with Abbas the next day and surprised him with a fusillade of accusations about terrorism and Palestinian attitudes toward Israel that Trump said would thwart a deal, U.S. and other officials familiar with the meeting said.
The AmazonWashingtonPost wasn’t the only target in the president’s morning Twitter fusillade.
Spy agencies wanted to maintain their penetrations of Russian networks, not expose them in a cyber-fusillade.
And moments of humor bring sweet relief — as in one scene where the issuance of a macho challenge inspires a fusillade of flying gloves.
Republican Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana was shot in the early morning fusillade of gunfire, and several other people, including members of Scalise’s security detail, also were wounded.
The brothers died in a fusillade of bullets fired at their car near the 1600 block of Julie Street in Marrero.
Boyega quickly righted the ship (probably after receiving a fusillade of calls, texts, and e-mails from his publicity team), clarifying that the tweet had nothing to do with Star Wars.
Moroccan-French comedian Gad Elmaleh emceed the event, which ended with a fusillade of fireworks that were visible across Le Havre.
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Origin and Etymology of fusillade
French, from fusiller to shoot, from fusil
First Known Use: 1801See Words from the same year
FUSILLADE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of fusillade for English Language Learners
: a large number of shots that are fired very quickly
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